Tomato tips

Tomato tips

Today I'd like to share some tips for growing your own heirloom tomatoes. 

1. Send a sample of your soil to your local extension agent for testing and have them test specifically for the needs of a tomato.  Generally, in our area, adding nitrogen and sulfur are needed.

2. Trellis, trellis, trellis.  We use cattle panels and they work very well.  Most heirlooms are indeterminate,  which means they will grow and produce fruit until frost and can reach up to 10 feet tall.

3. Don't over water and don't under water. Stick your finger into the soil to check moisture before watering.   Wait for the leaves to show a slight sign of stress and then water well.

4. Prune.  Pruning the suckers off you will improve fruit yield!

There are so many amazing varieties of heirloom tomatoes out there, don't be afraid to try a new one.  Yellow, pink,  black, and green ripe tomatoes are delicious!!

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